Navy Golf Places 11th at Philly Big 5 Invitational
Oct. 14, 2012
HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. — Despite shaving a stroke off its first round score on Sunday, the Navy golf team slipped two spots in the final standings to finish 11th at the Philadelphia Big 5 Invitational played at the Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
“Philmont Country Club was an extremely difficult golf course that features severely sloping greens and green speeds stimping at 12 or higher,” said Navy head coach Pat Owen. “I believe our guys played well from tee to green this weekend, but it was tough to convert any putts. We have a talented team, and each time they experience conditions like this weekend they will gain valuable experience that will help us in the future.”
Navy opened Sunday’s final round in ninth place with a 34-over par 314, but was overtaken by Fordham and Columbia who both shot a 30-over par 310 over the final 18 holes. The Mids, meanwhile, turned in a 33-over par 313 in the final round to post a two-day score of 67-over par 627, just a stroke behind both Fordham (316-310=626) and Columbia (316-310=626) who tied for ninth.
Navy was led by sophomore Staton Pruitt (Columbia, S.C.) and junior Chris House (Raleigh, N.C.) who tied for 23rd with a 15-over par 155. Pruitt was the Mids’ most consistent player over the weekend with a 78 in the opening round and a 77 in Sunday’s final round. Meanwhile, House shot Navy’s low round on Sunday with a 5-over par 75, climbing better than 20 spots in the final standings. Junior Bobby Keating (Garden City, N.Y.) placed 49th with a 19-over par 159 after posting a 10-over par 80 over the final 18 holes. Junior Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.), who began the day in 16th place with a 7-over par 77, dropped to 67th in the standings after registering a 17-over par 87 in the final round. Rounding things out for the Mids was sophomore August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) who placed 80th with a 26-over par 166.
Hartford sunned the field in the final round, shooting an 11-over par 291 to jump from 13th to first in the final standings. Hartford edged Sacred Heart, who was tied with Yale for the lead after the opening round, by just a stroke, posting a 49-over par 609 (318-291). Sacred Heart (306-304=610) held off third-place Binghamton (311-301=612), while Yale (306-308=614) and Princeton (309-306=615) rounded out the top five.
Temple’s Brandon Matthews took medalist honors, coming from 10th place to top Binghamton’s Bryce Edmister by a stroke. Matthews shot a 1-under par 69 in the final round to post a 5-over par 145 for the weekend, while Edmister turned in a pair of 73s to finish second with a 6-over par 146 alongside Princeton’s Greg Jarmas (71-75).
The Midshipmen will close out the fall season when they compete in the annual Service Academy Classic slated for Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 22 and 23 at Colt’s Neck, N.J.
### Go Navy ###